Public Assistance Program Eligibility Sp...
Dakota County - West Saint Paul, MN

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POSTING TYPE: Open Competitive
DEPARTMENT: Employment & Economic Assistance
HOURS: Various
HIRING RANGE: $42,900 - $46,400/year (B31 DBM Level)
LOCATION: West St. Paul
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 p.m. on 1/24/13

Ensure Dakota County residents' basic needs, health and well-being are met by assessing clients' economic, social, and health-related issues in order to accurately determine public assistance program eligibility.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution
Associate's degree in Public Financial Worker Program AND One-year experience working with the public.
Associate's degree OR completion of at least 90 quarter credits AND Two years experience working with the public.
High School graduate or equivalent (G.E.D.) AND Four years experience as a Financial Assistance Specialist I, Child Support Specialist or Child Support Officer

One year of experience must have occurred in Minnesota within the past five years.

Duties & Responsibilities:
These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required for all positions.

1. Interview Dakota County residents to assess their needs, gather information, and determine what governmental or community resources can meet those needs.
2. Provide services by assessing and determining financial assistance program eligibility.
3. Coordinate services by collaborating with staff and external service providers.
4. Reassess clients' needs and eligibility criteria to determine continued program eligibility and ensure their well-being as required or needed.
5. Represent the agency in legal settings and interview clients and their legal representatives.
6. Represent the agency in internal and external work groups and advisory committees, document and prepare presentations.
7. Provide training on programs, work methods, and procedures to other agency staff.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of computer software and information systems.
  • Knowledge of investigative interviewing techniques.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Knowledge of psychology, mental and physical illness, developmental disabilities, adult, and child protection criteria.
  • Knowledge of real and personal property, estate and ownership laws, and their relationships to public assistance program eligibility.
  • Must possess a high level of analytical skills.
  • Considerable ability to work effectively with the public, department and County associates in a professional manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to work under stress and use discretion in making decisions.
  • Ability to prioritize work according to client and agency needs.
  • Ability to assess a persons' social, economic, emotional, and health needs.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed within a County office building. Lifting requirement of up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis. Equipment used may include, but is not limited to computer, printer, typewriter, calculator, projector, telephone, copy and fax machine.

SELECTION PROCESS: The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of a rating of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. The top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.

Dakota County Employee Relations
Main Number 651.438.4435 (contact 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday)
Fax 651.438.8178

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